The Otolith Group
In the Year of the Quiet Sun
Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
11 January to 9 March 2014
This is the Otolith Group’s first major exhibition in the Nordic region. The exhibition revisits moments from the grand political project of mid-century Pan-Africanism, envisaged at the time as the total liberation of the African continent from European Empires through the building of a United States of Africa.
Part of this exhibition, the video essay In the Year of the Quiet Sun (2013) reconstructs the diplomatic culture of conferences and meetings in the 1960s in which politicians met to plan Pan-Africanist policy. In the Year of the Quiet Sun focuses upon magnified details of postage stamps, which take on a monumentality, and in this sense, might be understood as a ‘kinomuseum’ for a Pan-Africanist Pop Art.